Saint Joseph's to host St. John's in National Invitation Tournament

Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Saint Joseph's got itself a high-profile matchup in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Hawks will host Big East stalwart St. John's at Hagan Arena on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ESPNU will broadcast the game nationally.

It is the second straight year that St. Joe's has landed in the NIT. Last year, the Hawks lost to Northern Iowa at home in the first round.

Although NIT regions aren't officially classified by geography, they are seeded. St. Joe's is a No. 4 seed, and would either travel to No. 1 Virginia or host No. 8 Norfolk State in the second round.

There are 32 teams overall in the field. The first three rounds take place at campus sites, and the semifinals and final take place at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

The last time St. Joe's made it to the Garden was 2005, when they lost the championship game to South Carolina.

Here's the full list of NIT first-round matchups, with tipoff times and broadcast information. All times listed are EasterN:

Virginia Region

8. Norfolk State at 1. Virginia (Tuseday, March 19 at 9:00 p.m., ESPNU)
5. Saint John's at 4. Saint Joseph's (Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m., ESPNU)
6. Indiana State at 3. Iowa (Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m., ESPN2)
7. Stony Brook at 2. Massachusetts (Wednesday, March 20 at 7:15 p.m.,

Alabama Region

8. Northeastern at 1. Alabama (Tuesday, March 19 at 9:00 p.m., ESPN2)
5. Stephen F. Austin at 4. Stanford (Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 p.m., ESPN2)
6. Ohio at 3. Denver (Tuesday, March 19 at 9:15 p.m.,
7. Niagara at 2. Maryland (Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m., ESPN2)

Kentucky Region

1. Kentucky at 8. Robert Morris (Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
5. Charlotte at 4. Providence (Wednesday, March 20 at 7:15 p.m.,
6. Detroit at 3. Arizona State (Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 p.m., ESPNU)
7. Long Beach State at 2. Baylor (Wednesday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m., ESPN2)

Southern Mississippi Region

8. Charleston Southern at 1. Southern Mississippi (Wednesday, March 20 at 9:15 p.m.,
5. Louisiana Tech at 4. Florida State (Tuesday, March 19 at 7:15 p.m.,
6. Washington at 3. Brigham Young (Tuesday, March 19 at 9:30 p.m., ESPN)
7. Mercer at 2. Tennessee (Wednesday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m., ESPNU)